Stars including Sir Ian McKellen urge changes to visa rules for artists

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Julie Walters among signatories to letter saying post-Brexit changes a ‘towering hurdle’ to working in Europe

New visa rules for British artists, actors and theatre workers who want to work in Europe after Brexit are a “towering hurdle” that must be urgently addressed, according to an open letter signed by stars including Sir Ian McKellen, Julie Walters and Patrick Stewart.

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In the letter from the performing arts union Equity, some of the biggest names in British theatre have implored the prime minister to go back to the negotiating table to ensure visa-free work in the EU.

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